US Ex-Ambassador Bags 15 Years Jail Term For Spying On American Govt

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Former United States Ambassador to Bolivia, Victor Manuel Rocha, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for spying on the American government for over a decade.

Miami-based US District Judge, Beth Bloom on Friday sentenced Rocha after accepting his guilty plea on two counts, including acting as an agent of a foreign government.

Rocha was also fined $500,000 with maximum penalty allowed.

In December, the former US Ambassador was indicted in a case that Attorney General Merrick Garland described as “one of the highest-reaching and longest-lasting infiltrations of the US government by a foreign agent.”

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Rocha admitted to acting as an agent of the Cuban government at the same time he held numerous positions of trust in the U.S. government, a staggering betrayal of the American people and an acknowledgement that every oath he took to the United States was a lie.

Rocha served as ambassador to Bolivia from 2000 to 2002, held high-ranking posts in several embassies and even the White House during the Bill Clinton administration over his more than 20 years in public service.

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